Crawling the Web (6-8)
Faced with a large and ever-changing array of options about how to find information they need, students learn to make informed choices about which search sites to use for different purposes. They also learn to use multiple search tools to get the best results.
As a class, students review the Three-Way Search Student Handout and learn the names and features of the three major types of search sites: search engines, directories, and meta-search engines. They then go on to sample and compare the different search sites available within each category. In groups, they investigate assigned search sites and answer questions about them on the Compare Your Hits Student Handout. Students then print out and post sample search results, and compare their own search sites to those of other groups.
Students will be able to ...
- understand the differences between search engines, directories, and meta-search engines.
- evaluate different types of search sites by investigating the features of one and then comparing and contrasting it with others.
- discover that trying out more than one search site can be the most effective way to search.
Alignment with Standards
Common Core: coming soon!